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October 17, 2011

October News and Notes

OSHA, NIOSH Release Nail Gun Safety Guide.Nail Gun Safety Guide
OSHA and NIOSH have developed a new guidance document titled "Nail Gun Safety - A Guide for Construction Contractors" to help construction employers and workers prevent work-related nail gun injuries. The guide highlights information on nail gun injuries, describes common injury causes and provides six practical steps contractors can take to prevent these injuries. It includes actual workplace cases along with a short section on other types of nail gun hazards and sources of additional information. Download the guide here (pdf).

Safety Podcasts from ASSE's Virtual Classroom.
Every month, ASSE delivers live webinars from safety experts. These monthly live webcasts are a way to interact with experts while learning about new approaches to managing safety. Audio recordings of some of these events are now available as podcasts from the ASSE website and also on the iTunes store. Browse the ASSE podcast archives here.

CDC Offers Flu Prevention Resources. Business Guide to Flu
It's that time again! Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue as late as May. Although no predictions are available on flu severity this year, several flu resources are available from the CDC, including the "Make it Your Business to Fight the Flu" booklet. You can download the booklet here (pdf), get more seasonal flu info here, view additional resources for businesses and employers here, or browse hand washing signs here.

OSHA Extends Comments on Occupational Injury / Illness Tracking, Reporting to Oct. 28.
OSHA has re-opened the comment period on revising recordkeeping and reporting requirements for work-related injuries and illnesses. Individuals interested in submitting comments must do so by Oct. 28, 2011. Under the revised proposal, employers would be required to report to OSHA any work-related fatalities and all in-patient hospitalizations within eight hours, and work-related amputations within 24 hours. OSHA also proposes to update rule Appendix A that lists industries partially exempt from the requirements. Read more from OSHA here.

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